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A driver in a small SUV crosses the Mill Bridge in Tunbridge, Vt., on July 23, 2014. The Tunbridge select board is considering banning all truck traffic from the town's five covered bridges -- they can damage the spans due to being either too tall or too heavy. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

S.O.S. for Tunbridge Bridges: Selectboard Mulls Vehicle Restrictions

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tunbridge — Every once in a while, it happens. Somebody doesn’t pay attention to the height warning signs, or a group of workers don’t realize how tall their truck is, and they’ll try to drive through one of Tunbridge’s five covered bridges, and — “Bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Selectboard member Erin Gooch, recalling the sound a tow truck’s crane …

Camp Billings Honors an Icon: After 46 Years, Bradford, Vt., Man Retiring From Full-Time Summer Post

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thetford — As the sun neared its peak in the midday sky on Saturday, two young Camp Billings campers, puttering around the summer camp’s cozy maintenance garage, described camp icon Larry Drew, who in his 46 years working summers at the camp has served just about every role — from athletic director to …

3-D Printer Programming in Windsor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ian Mitchell, 15, of Thetford, left, and Bradon Jarvis, 14, of Claremont, use Tinkercad, an open source design software, to create key chains, cups and slingshot planes with a 3-D printer at the American Precision Museum in Windsor on Wednesday. It was the third day of a workshop in which students use computers …

New Limits for Lyme Bridge

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lyme — The thousands of drivers who daily cross the East Thetford Road Bridge will now have to wait for a green light and those carrying particularly heavy loads will have to seek an alternate route. The 471-foot-long …

In Thetford, a Night At the Wax Museum

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For the first six minutes of their “wax museum” presentation Thursday night, Thetford Elementary School fourth-graders stood as still as the figures at Madame Tussaud’s, illuminated only by lamps in the school’s otherwise darkened gym. The 33 students …

Mustang Makeover: Thetford Man Trains Wild Horses From Nevada

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thetford — Chris Butler was hanging out with his mustangs in the yard when 7-year-old Skye playfully bumped him from behind. He patted her, and after a few seconds the lean, black mare went back to chomping grass. …

Ups and Downs for Thetford Softball

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thetford — Before their pitcher was injured in sudden fashion and before the errors and opponent’s hits mounted Saturday, Thetford Academy’s softball players were riding high. Still giddy over the previous night’s prom festivities, they laughed and giggled …

Letter: Care at the VA Exceed Expectations

Saturday, May 24, 2014

To the Editor: Recent reports of problems at some veterans health-care facilities and the resulting uproar may lead some to view the VA system as broken. This is not the case! Our local White River Junction VA is a gem, and in my experience not atypical. Professionals and …

Oxbow Softball on All Cylinders

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — It’s full speed ahead for the Oxbow Union High softball team in its quest for a second consecutive Vermont Division III championship. Tuesday, the host Olympians blitzed Harwood, 11-5, stealing seven bases, advancing twice on …

Timeline Pushed Back For Fairlee Dam Fixes

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thetford — Residents coordinating efforts to replace the deteriorating Lake Fairlee Dam said they hope to pinpoint firm numbers about construction costs before seeking bond votes next spring in the three towns that share the lake’s shoreline. Skip …

Emma Senger

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Graveside Committal Services for Emma Senger, 103, who died March 22, 2014, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Hillside Cemetery in Thetford, with Rev. Rona Kinsley officiating. Arrangements are by the Hale Funeral Home of Thetford. …

Honoring the Choice to Serve

Monday, May 19, 2014

White River Jct. — American flags flapping in the warm May breeze greeted 14 high school seniors and their families as they drove up Veterans Drive to the VA Medical Center, where they were honored on Sunday afternoon …

Framing the Answer: Thetford Academy Students Use Design, Math Skills on New Pavilion

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Thetford — Using pegs, posts and people power, Thetford Academy’s new timber framing class recently built an airy wooden pavilion near the school soccer fields. On a recent Tuesday, the class raised most of the white pine frame …